Tiger Basketball Makes A Sweep Of Conference USA's Top Honors
March 12, 2008
IRVING, Texas - For the second time in the last three years, it was a clean sweep for the University of Memphis basketball team with Conference USA's top postseason awards. A day after Derrick Rose received the league's Freshman of the Year honor, Chris Douglas-Roberts was named the Conference USA Player of the Year and head coach John Calipari C-USA's Coach of the Year.
It is the third time in C-USA history that one team swept all three honors in the same season. Memphis did so in 2006 when Rodney Carney earned the Player of the Year award, Calipari the Coach of the Year and Shawne Williams Freshman of the Year. Cincinnati also accomplished the feat in 2000 when Bob Huggins (Coach), Kenyon Martin (Player) and DerMarr Johnson (Freshman) took home the awards.
Douglas-Roberts, a 2007-08 All-Conference USA first team pick, leads Memphis in scoring (17.3 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (44.2), and is ranked among the conference leaders in scoring (6th), field goal percentage (7th) and three-point field goal percentage (2nd). The Detroit, Mich., native also is in the running for three National Player of the Year awards - Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson Trophy. He was selected to the NABC All-District 7 first team in early March, and was named the USBWA District 4 Player of the Year on Mar. 11.
The 6-foot-7 guard became the 43rd Tiger in the program's history to score 1,000 points in a career earlier this year, and is in the No. 13 spot on the Memphis all-time scoring list with 1,358 points. He was named Conference USA Player of the Week three times in 2007-08.
Calipari guided the Tigers to a 30-1 regular season record and a 16-0 mark in C-USA play. With his 30 wins this season, Calipari became only the second coach in NCAA Division I history to post three-straight, 30-win campaigns (33-4 in 2005-06 and 2006-07, 30-1 in 2007-08). Kentucky's Adolph Rupp accomplished the feat from 1947-49.
Memphis, which was ranked No. 1 for five-consecutive weeks, has been in the No. 1 or No. 2 spots in the polls for a school-record 15-straight weeks this year. Calipari is also one of five coaches in NCAA Division I history to direct two different programs to a No. 1 national ranking (UMass, Memphis).
Calipari directed the Tigers to a third-straight C-USA regular season title in 2007-08. It is the first time in the program's history that Memphis has claimed three-consecutive regular season crowns.
In late February, Calipari won his 400th game as a collegiate head coach, and his record stands at 404-135. He is only the second head coach in the history of NCAA Division I basketball to reach the 400-win plateau in his first 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Roy Williams is the other coach to do so.